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English String Orchestra, Benjamin Britten, William Boughton, Roger Best - Works for String Orchestra (1985)

English String Orchestra, Benjamin Britten, William Boughton, Roger Best - Works for String Orchestra (1985)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Artwork (600dpi, png) | 415 mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 321 mb
Classical, Modern | Label: Nimbus Records - NI 5025

Here is the 1985 Nimbus release 'Benjamin Britten: Works for String Orchestra' performed by English String Orchestra conducted by William Boughton with Roger Best on viola. This particular Nimbus release has been out of print for some time now, but all of these works by Britten has been included on various later and more recent Nimbus releases.

V.A. - Benjamin Britten: The Collector's Edition (37CDs, 2008)  Music

Posted by Discograf_man at April 17, 2017
V.A. - Benjamin Britten: The Collector's Edition (37CDs, 2008)

V.A. - Benjamin Britten: The Collector's Edition (37CDs, 2008)
Classical, 20th century | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 5,68 Gb
Label: EMI Classics

This Collector's Edition presents a challenge to reviewers. There's so much of it. I could never do it any sort of justice if I approached this as if reviewing a smaller set. This, after all, comprises 37 CDs. As it is all I have been able to do is to sample, reminisce about known recordings and write around the subject. With this caveat stated, let's make a start.
There are three principal strands of Britten recordings. These are broadly tied into and defined by record companies, artists and eras. First we have Britten recording Britten for Decca.
Peter Pears, Claire Watson, ROH, Benjamin Britten - Britten: Peter Grimes (1959/2016) [TR24][OF]

Peter Pears, Claire Watson, ROH, Benjamin Britten - Britten: Peter Grimes
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | 141:57 min | 2.70 GB | Digital booklet
Label: Decca | Tracks: 45 | Rls.date: 1959/2016

Tenor Sir Peter Pears leads the cast on this famous and highly-lauded presentation of Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes, conducted by the composer himself and recorded live in London in December 1958. The album has been included on the list of the 100 greatest recordings by Gramophone, which said this version "has never been superseded in its refinement or insight." BBC Music Magazine named this album the greatest Britten recording of all time.
Halle Orchestra, Kent Nagano - Benjamin Britten: The Rescue of Penelope; Phaedra (1996)

Benjamin Britten - The Rescue of Penelope; Phaedra (1996)
Dame Janet Baker, narrator; Alison Hagley, soprano; Catherine Wyn-Rogers, mezzo-soprano
John Mark Ainsley, tenor; William Dazeley, bass; Lorraine Hunt, soprano
Hallé Orchestra, conducted by Kent Nagano

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 200 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 123 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans ~ 94 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Erato | # 0630 12713-2 | Time: 00:51:10

Soon after his return from America, at the height of the war in 1943, Britten wrote incidental music for a radio play by Edward Sackville-West on the Homeric subject of Odysseus’s return to Penelope. Drawn from the complete score with barely any amendment of the original, and compressed into a 36-minute cantata, with Chris de Souza tailoring the text and Colin Matthews, Britten’s last amanuensis, most tactfully editing the music, the result is extraordinarily powerful. The most important role is that of the narrator, here masterfully taken by Dame Janet Baker who brings the story vividly to life despite the stylized classical language (e.g. “Odysseus, Lord of sea-girt Ithaca” or “His fair wife, white-armed Penelope”). Rather confusingly Athene also appears as a soprano, with the radiant Alison Hagley sounding totally unlike Dame Janet. She is one of a godly quartet of singers who contribute Greek-style commentaries – vocal passages which regularly add to the atmospheric beauty of the piece.
Benjamin Britten - Simple Symphony Temporal Variations Suite on English Folk Tunes (2004)

Benjamin Britten - Simple Symphony Temporal Variations Suite on English Folk Tunes (2004)
XLD Rip | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 301 mb | MP3 320 kbps CBR ~ 207 mb | Scans included | 71 min
Classical | Label: Naxos | Rel: 2004

The works on this recording cover the entire span of Britten’s published output – from the Simple Symphony of 1934, to the string orchestral arrangement of Lachrymae completed in the last year of his life. Britten always retained a special affection for his childhood efforts and in the Simple Symphony reworked his earliest compositions making them ‘more fit for general consumption’. In contrast there is a special poignancy about the works of his final three years, composed after Britten’s unsuccessful heart operation. In its earthy treatment of the folk-song material, the Suite on English Folk Tunes, his last purely orchestral work, is at the furthest remove from the sentimentality often associated with the English pastoral tradition.
VA: A Garland for the Queen / Benjamin Britten: A.M.D.G / Sacred And Profane (1991, Gamut Classics # GAMCD 529)

VA: A Garland for the Queen / Benjamin Britten: A.M.D.G / Sacred And Profane
Cambridge University Chamber Choir / Timothy Brown
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 232 MB | Full Artwork: 53 MB | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Gamut Classics # GAMCD 529 | Country/Year: UK 1991
Genre: Classical | Style: Vocal, Sacred, Secular, Early 20th Century, Contemporary

Cambridge University Chamber Choir performs three twentieth-century English song cycles for mixed choir, including the rarely-recorded A Garland for the Queen. A Garland was composed to commemorate the Queen’s coronation in 1953 by a selection of the finest English composers including Finzi, Bliss, Bax, Tippett, Vaughan Williams, Howells and Ireland. The two works by Benjamin Britten, AMDG and Sacred and Profane, are virtuoso show pieces for mixed choir.

Benjamin Britten - Suites for Solo Cello (2013)  Music

Posted by d'Avignon at April 10, 2015
Benjamin Britten - Suites for Solo Cello (2013)

Benjamin Britten - Suites for Solo Cello (2013)
Classical/Contemporary | FLAC lossless | cuesheets+log | covers+booklet | 64m55s | 227mb
Label: Harmonia Mundi | cat.no. HMA 1951670
Andrew Kennedy, Richard Farnes - Benjamin Britten: The Turn Of The Screw (2014) [Official Digital Download - 24bit/96kHz]

Andrew Kennedy, Richard Farnes - Benjamin Britten: The Turn Of The Screw (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Digital Booklet | 2.66 GB
Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download - Source: Qobuz

Released in the Britten anniversary year, Richard Farnes, the Music Director of Opera North who led their critically acclaimed production of 'The Turn of the Screw' in 2010, conducts an all-English cast in Britten’s most ingeniously crafted opera, including Andrew Kennedy, Sally Matthews, and 11-year old Michael Clayton-Jolly in the role of Miles.
Benjamin Britten - Festivalensemble Stuttgart / Hellmuth Rilling - War Requiem (2008) {Hybrid-SACD // EAC Rip}

Benjamin Britten - War Requiem
Annette Dasch / James Taylor / Festivalensemble Stuttgart / Hellmuth Rilling
EAC+LOG+CUE | 2xFLAC: 294 MB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: hänssler CLASSIC # CD 08.507 | Country/Year: Germany 2008
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Style: Contemporary, Requiem, Vocal

…Da das Werk einen umfangreichen Apparat an Sängern und Musikern erfordert, wird es selten aufgeführt und auch aufgenommen. Umso wichtiger ist diese Realisierung Helmuth Rillings, der erstklassige Sänger verpflichtet hat und souverän alle Bestandteile des riesigen musikalischen Apparates zu einer erschütternden Aufführung von ungemeiner Bildhaftigkeit vereinigt.
Benjamin Britten - Festivalensemble Stuttgart / Hellmuth Rilling - War Requiem (2008) {Hybrid-SACD // ISO & HiRes FLAC}

Benjamin Britten - War Requiem
Annette Dasch / James Taylor / Festivalensemble Stuttgart / Hellmuth Rilling
2xSACD ISO: 4,45 GB (Stereo, MCH) | 2xFLAC @ 24bit/88.2kHz: 1,30 | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery
Label/Cat#: hänssler CLASSIC # CD 08.507 | Country/Year: Germany 2008
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Style: Contemporary, Requiem, Vocal

…Da das Werk einen umfangreichen Apparat an Sängern und Musikern erfordert, wird es selten aufgeführt und auch aufgenommen. Umso wichtiger ist diese Realisierung Helmuth Rillings, der erstklassige Sänger verpflichtet hat und souverän alle Bestandteile des riesigen musikalischen Apparates zu einer erschütternden Aufführung von ungemeiner Bildhaftigkeit vereinigt.